Today, 20th May 2018, saw the viaduct welcome 17 members of the Kimberley Women’s Institute, they were met by Ian Potter and Tina Corden. Continue reading “The Viaduct Welcomes Kimberley WI.”
The Friends of Bennerley Viaduct, Railway Paths Limited and Sustrans have recently held a productive meeting to start the process of identifying possible options for a project, or projects, to achieve the aim of opening up the viaduct for public access and creating a link across it between the Erewash and Nottingham canals. All three organisations remain committed to seeing the viaduct brought back into use as a walking and cycling route, but recognise that this may take a number of years and that it will need to be achieved in an incremental way depending on the availability of suitable funding. Over the next few months the partners will explore the options that were tabled at the workshop, and assess their feasibility. These options include critical repairs to the structure, the creation of a path and the enhancement of the area underneath the viaduct, the construction of a ramp at the western end, steps at the eastern and the installation of decking.
The results of this work will then be submitted to the Railway Paths Limited Board and Sustrans Executive to seek approval for the implementation of a project.
Ongoing support from the community for the viaduct is integral to its future and all three organisations would like to acknowledge the value of the time and efforts that local people have invested, and hope that this partnership can continue.
THE FRIENDS OF BENNERLEY VIADUCT
CHAIRMAN’S REPORT 2017-2018
If the period covered by this report had ended with the calendar year on 31 December it would make for very different reading. It would show twelve months of effort, growth and partnership culminating in the achievement of very significant progress towards our ultimate aim – restoring the Bennerley Viaduct and bringing it back into use as a walking and cycling route. As it is, the final quarter of the year 2017-2018 has been marked by disappointment and some anger. The reasons for this are well known to members and to the general public, and I will return to the topic at the end of this report.
Let me focus first of all on the multitude of activities and considerable achievements of our group since April 2017. Continue reading “Chairman’s Report 2017-2018”
A message from the Chairman
Members are reminded that the Friends of Bennerley Viaduct Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday, April 16, at 7pm at the Gate Inn, Awsworth.
Members will have the opportunity to stand for a place on the committee and to propose resolutions. These must be done in advance of the meeting and full details of how to proceed will be sent to all members by Monday 26 March with a formal notice of the AGM.
This is an important time for the Friends and for the future of the viaduct now that Sustrans have decided not to resubmit the original project to HLF. Any future project will be led by Railway Paths Ltd. in partnership with Sustrans and FoBV. Your committee is in discussions with RPL about the possible first stage of an incremental project, and more details will be given at the AGM.
If we are to play our full part and have an influence on future developments we need to stay strong and active as a group. Please try to attend the AGM and give some thought as to how you can help – whether by standing for the committee or offering your time, skills and ideas in other ways.
I look forward to seeing you on the 16 April.
The Bennerley Viaduct project, which has caught the imagination of the communities of the Erewash Valley over the last couple of years, will not be going ahead as planned.
The sun shone and thousands turned out to the classic car show in Ilkeston. The Friends of Bennerley Viaduct had a stall which was busy all day. There was overwhelming support for the project.
The force was clearly with us as notable visitors to our stall was Darth Vader accompanied by Star Wars stormtroopers. We were even visited by petrolhead Stig who promised to invest in a pushbike when Bennerley Viaduct reopens.
We heard many fascinating stories about the viaduct. It was empowering to experience the depth of support that this project is receiving from the local community. Thanks to Jeff for organising the day and to Rich, Colin and Trevor for their sterling work promoting the viaduct.